Attention Jersey youth: June 1 is the deadline to enter the seventh national Jersey youth presentation competition, TalkJersey.
All AJCA junior or lifetime members, ages 7 through 20 as of January 1, 2012, are eligible to enter one of two divisions: the live public speaking contest or the recorded presentation division. Cash awards sponsored by ABS Global Inc., DeForest, Wis., and prizes offered by the American Jersey Cattle Association will be presented in all divisions.
Demonstrations or speeches are to focus on any phase of the Registered Jersey™ business, including current affairs and dairy industry trends. Judges will evaluate the speaker’s personal interest in the topic, as well as its appropriateness for a general dairy audience.
Participants will be divided into groups by their age on January 1, 2012 as follows: Division I, 7 to 10 years; Division II, 11 to 13 years; Division III, 14 to 16; and Division IV, 17 to 20 years.
Division I contestants present demonstrations between four (4) and six (6) minutes in length. Posters may be used in addition to demonstration materials.
Participants in Divisions II, III and IV present speeches between five (5) and seven (7) minutes in length. Visual aids are not allowed. Speaker notes are permitted. No more than four (4) 4″ x 6″ notecards may be used. Judges will ask questions after each presentation is completed. Judging will be open for viewing by interested parties.
Contestants will be scored on the basis of 50 points, as follows: topic selection and content, 15 points; organization of speech, 10 points; vocal presentation, 10 points; presentation and effectiveness, 10 points; and response to questions, 5 points. One (1) point will be subtracted from the total point score for each 30 seconds over or under the required speaking time.
Entries may also be made in the category of narrated video or narrated PowerPoint presentations. This presentation must be the contestant’s own work and have been created between September 1, 2011 and June 1, 2012.
The topic must be a subject directly related to Registered Jerseys™. Entries must be at least four (4) minutes in length, and feature the contestant as the only speaker. No costumes may be used, and no interviews with other persons are allowed. Musical tracks or background music cannot be used in these presentations.
Entries will be judged in three groups by contestant age on January 1, 2012: Division I, ages 7 to 12 years; Division II, ages 13 to 16; and Division III, age 17 and older.